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DU grad programs make national ranking

U.S.News & World Report listed three University of Denver programs among the best in the nation in its annual graduate school rankings.

The Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) ranked 36th; the Sturm College of Law ranked 88th; and the Clinical Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology ranked 57th in the national news magazine’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2009” released March 28.

GSSW tied at 36 in the national rankings with Portland State University, University at Buffalo-SUNY, Simmons College, University of Houston and University of Kentucky. The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at GSSW continues to rise in national rankings, moving from No. 50 in 2001 to No. 38 in 2005 to No. 36 this year. GSSW continues to be the top ranked social work school in the Rocky Mountain West and in the top 17 percent of all MSW programs in the nation accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

“We appreciate this continued national recognition of the quality of our faculty, students and educational resources,” says GSSW Dean James Herbert Williams. “We are a school on the move, No. 1 in our region and continuing to build upon our national reputation for excellence and innovation.”

The Sturm College of Law ranked in the top 100 law schools in the country for the seventh straight year at No. 88, tied with Catholic University of America, DePaul University, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, St. John’s University and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Four Sturm College of Law programs also were ranked among the best in the nation, including two in the top 20. The Environmental Law program moved up three positions to No. 13, and the Tax Law program rose two places to No. 19. In addition, two law programs unranked last year are now listed as among the best: the International Law program at No. 23 and the Clinical Training program at No. 36.

“I am delighted that the excellence of so many of our programs have been recognized by legal academics who were surveyed to identify the best programs in the country,” says Dean José (Beto) Juárez, Jr. “Few law schools have as many nationally recognized programs.”

DU’s Clinical Psychology program in the Department of Psychology also continues to be a top 100 program in theU.S.News rankings. At 57th, it is tied with Rutgers-New Brunswick, University of South Florida, University of Utah and Virginia Commonwealth University.

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